Colorado Won’t Allow Outside Observer at Barnett’s Hearing (updated)


A faculty group is concerned that David Barnett, the tenured University of Colorado philosophy professor fighting for his job [previously] will not be allowed to have an outside observer at his dismissal hearing next week.

Barnett and the Colorado conference of the American Association of University Professors sought to have one of the group’s members watch a closed-door faculty hearing in Barnett’s dismissal case.

University policy, however, says that only a handful of specific people may attend dismissal hearings. Two professors involved in faculty grievance cases, including Laurie Gaspar, who is expected to oversee Barnett’s hearing in front of his peers, denied the requests, according to the association.

Read the rest at The Daily Camera.

UPDATE (12/2/14): The hearing began today. “A uniformed CU police officer escorted the six panel members to the hearing room inside the Regent Administrative Center on the Boulder campus. Another uniformed officer stood guard outside the closed-door hearing.”

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